This is a discussion on Conceal Carry without a Holster within the Concealed Carry Issues & Discussions forums, part of the Defensive Carry Discussions category; Originally Posted by BCop Hi folks, I'm new to concealed carry (my permit is in progress) and I have a question on how to carry. ...
I NEVER carry without a holster, even when I pocket carry my J-Frame it has a holster.
My thinking is "why do anything that will increase your chances of a mishap"?
ALWAYS carry! - NEVER tell!
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I would also suggest the Smart Carry. In your situation, if all you want is a simple way to carry the gun while commuting, all you have to do is fasten it around your waist, pull your shirt over it to conceal it and go. You don't even have to wear the holster the way it was intended (inside your pants).
That's what I sometimes do when hanging around the house in gym shorts and have to briefly step outside. I strap it on and off I go take the dogs out or go get something from my car, check the mailbox, etc.
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Ask Plaxico Burress how well carrying in his waistband worked.
It only cost him $68,000,000
Give some serious thought to more substantial shorts that you wear with a belt. You said you wear 'gym shorts' and my interpretation is no belt, just an elastic waistband or possibly a drawstring, like sweatpants. There are a lot of shorts offered for active outdoor sports (e.g., rock climbing, heavy-duty hiking) which have pockets and belt loops, yet they're short and the fabrics and cut give the wearer a great range of motion and comfort. I would check out the offerings at REI or similar hard-core sporting goods purveyor (i.e., skip Sports Authority and similar); one example is 5.11 Tactical's "Academy Shorts." A belt will give you a proper foundation for supporting a holster. A simple clip-on IWB or a paddle holster will provide easy-on, easy-off utility.
If you are serious and have made the decision to carry a sidearm for defense of yourself and your loved ones, you have to adapt elements of your lifestyle to fit that decision. Adjusting the wardrobe is one of those adaptations most of us have to accept.
I have tried the clipdraw with my snubnose. I liked it. But I didn't like the fact that I had to take my gun off when I go to the restroom. I might forget to put it back.
I carry pocket holster now.